Beltrán enjoying Tour of Spain

By Shane Stokes in León

Spanish rider Manuel Beltrán is currently lying 7th overall thanks to a strong ride on the first mountain stage of the race. He told Spain's radio Onda Cero after stage six that he was feeling good. "I am fine, like always, with the sparkle that I used to have. I hope that sparkle lasts longer than other times [other Vueltas].

The Discovery Channel rider was asked about his favourites for the final win, and highlighted a rider who is two minutes down as a possible danger man. "Iban Mayo is a combative rider and we should watch for him," he said. "He is able to surprise on Sunday as he can attack at the middle of the stage. I don't discard anyone. I am able to say that the race remains very, very open."

Beltrán will change teams next year, despite being 35 years of age. He has signed for Liquigas and said he is still enjoying the sport. "You know, I have strengths to continue riding. I came from a non-rich family and one of the best things that happened to me was to be a cyclist. It is a pleasure for me being here, surrounded by the cycling friends I have in the peloton."

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